Okay, so winter came back around here. I actually drove out to the main road last week and decided it was not clear enough and went home and remoted into work for a few hours. Ahh, the magic. And it’s too cold to run outside today to train properly.
I am proud to say I actually have spent more time on my writing since my last post two weeks ago and less time reading. I had to cram it in to finish the series I read for this post last night. It’s good to have a little more creative energy this year, even if I don’t always know where to focus it. I’m trying to decide how much I need to revise the beginning of my novel after a critique I paid for, but I don’t feel my soul crushed over it. And hopefully I can do this process without crushing my soul. It’s been a dream since I was a kid, and I know that your soul is crushed more than it is uplifted when trying to get traditionally published as a writer. I’ll keep my soul close and make sure to love on it through the process.
The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer
Sorry this image is huge but I didn’t want to put in the four different covers in. I didn’t read the two additional books, Fairest or Stars Above, but I read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter.
These four stories follow fairy tales set in a futuristic world where the moon is colonized by people who have the ability to control other’s minds and people can survive as cyborgs when their bodies would have died otherwise. It feels like fairy tales meet the Hunger Games.
These have been sitting on my kindle FOREVER because I like a good remade fairy tale. And they were good enough for me to get through all four in a row. I don’t always hang in there for a series all at once, but this once was compelling enough, making it my unintended snow read, with all four of these adding up to 1,856 pages. Other books in the running for snow read are between 700-1,000. So I guess even in cutting down I overdid it. Maybe I need to accept this about myself.
I loved how Meyer adjusted the tales for modern, intelligent, powerful heroines. Cinder is a mechanic, the Rapunzel character is a hacker, Little Red Riding Hood is brazen and tough. Snow White is a little more vulnerable but she’s lovable and perceptive, and accepts herself as she is, despite her illness. There are the love interests but the heroines are on even footing with them and they save each other, rather that one saving the other all the time. They are the best at what they do, be it hacking, fixing, leading. They make those lifetime friendship bonds that you sometimes make as a teenager while having all the awkward uncertainty and mishaps of that teenagerly first love. They are powerful characters who you remember sometimes they are still teens, and that’s where Meyer’s genius is in these books. Teens are just starting to come into their powers and talents in the world, and these characters are too, so they are relatable. I liked watching for the parallels between the original fairy tales and her futuristic remake. She had great solid verbs, action packed plotlines, and levity. Definitely worth a read.
So I should have planned out better how I would feel I read enough to add another book onto the pile. I have only picked up one book that was on sale already on my wish list this year, Odd and the Frost Giants. And I already had been including wishlisted books as on the TBR and fair game. I definitely have more series to get through as well as tons of collections of short stories. I have been picking up more writing books and I just started reading some books on reading tarot for creative vision and guidance. I wasn’t planning on reading it, I just pulled it from the giant stack next to the nightstand on the way to basketball and got sucked in. I always liked Tarot but I never actually read a guide from cover to cover. Just kind of came about on it’s own.
But that’s likely another post so I am going to stop talking for now about it.
In two weeks I shall be posting again! And writing in the middle of it, or working on my writing, or doing something about this dream of mine that requires perseverance.